Through the Radio

We get this question from time to time: “Why don’t we hear you on Christian Radio any more?” Our answer is simple, “We had our moments!”

On occasion we might be heard on a station but usually we’re in the “golden oldie” category. We’re rarely played these days BUT…we fully understand that formats change with the times…and actually, they should! Why? Because we’re told in the Scriptures to “sing a new song.” The new waves in Christian Music, whether liked or not, are indicators that a new song is being sung. That’s a good thing.

We’d be very foolish to resent those who came along and replaced us on the radio because, after all, we were the replacements at one time. Instead, we’d rather remain grateful for the tremendously valuable role that Christian Radio played in our efforts to encourage families across the nation. And, we still get to stand before live audiences and offer our music knowing that one of the reasons we can do so is because of the exposure that Christian Radio provided in those years when we were included in the format.

So….we say thanks to all the Christian stations for each and every time a song of ours was played. In fact, here’s a pair of songs that were aired that show the life-changing impact that God can have on lives through the radio.  To get the full picture listen first to “Daddy, Please Find a Reason” (1981) then listen to “Through the Radio” (1996). While the first song was in rotation on the radio it was heard by a man in a very timely moment and in quite a unique setting. God used the message to change the course of his life, his marriage and his family. Later, after befriending the couple and hearing the story of why “Please Find a Reason” was so meaningful to them , “Through the Radio” was written to celebrate their restoration and to highlight the effectiveness of Christian Radio. May God bless each station today and the artists who are featured. 


DADDY, PLEASE FIND A REASON

Steve Chapman/Dawn Treader Music/BMI/1981

My wife and I used to fight a lot, but not any more
Since the night we found our little boy standing in our door
He overheard me saying, “I can’t find a reason to stay.”
And on my out I kissed him goodbye, that’s when I heard him say…

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Daddy please find a reason to stay with my Mama
We both love you, Daddy, please don’t leave
And if you can’t find a reason, Daddy, I wouldn’t mind
If you want that reason to be me

Now it must’ve been the Lord that night speaking through my son
Cause I can’t begin to tell you all the good things He’s done
And the best thing that happened, I fell in love with my wife
That was a long, long time ago and our love is still alive

Cho

 

THROUGH THE RADIO

S&A Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/1983

 

HE PACKS A SUITCASE

SAYS, “I’VE HAD IT UP TO HERE!”

HE LEAVES HER STANDING

IN THOSE GOODBYE TEARS

SHE PRAYS FOR A MIRACLE

AS HE WALKS OUT THE DOOR

“LORD SOMEHOW SHOW HIM WHAT LOVE IS FOR.”

 

HE GETS IN THE CAR

VERY SOON HE’LL BE GONE

HE TURNS THE KEY AND THE RADIO COMES ON

SHE LEFT IT ON A GOSPEL STATION

NOW ITS COMING THROUGH THE AIR

THEN A TRUTH LIKE A BEACON

FINDS HIM SITTING THERE

 

SHE CRIES BUT SHE DOES NOT KNOW

THE LORD IS TOUCHING HIS HEART THROUGH THE RADIO

BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS

WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN GO

IT’S THE VOICE OF THE SAVIOR

COMING THROUGH THE RADIO

 

HE’S STILL OUT IN THE CAR

RESTING HIS HEAD ON THE STEERING WHEEL

HE’S THINKING ABOUT THE TRUTH HE JUST HEARD

AND THE WAY IT CAN HEAL

HE TURNS OFF THE MOTOR

HE KNOWS WHERE HE’S GOTTA GO

HE PRAYS, “LORD HELP ME DO WHAT I HEARD ON THAT RADIO!”

 

SHE CRIES BUT SHE DOES NOT KNOW

THE LORD IS TOUCHING HIS HEART THROUGH THE RADIO

BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS

WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN GO

IT’S THE VOICE OF THE SAVIOR

COMING THROUGH THE RADIO

 

BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS

WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN GO

IT’S THE VOICE OF THE SAVIOR

COMING THROUGH THE RADIO

COMING THROUGH THE RADIO

 

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Set your sights on a closer walk with God when you reflect on these short but powerful prayers that will help you praise the Creator, hear the Lord’s call more clearly, and trust in His guidance for your life. Gear up for a great hunting season with God.

 

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“Little Dog, Little Boy”

For those who have a soft spot in their hearts for dogs I offer this song. If you don’t have one maybe this will help. And, for the record I can’t confirm that dogs will be in heaven but it’s a nice wishful thought. SC

“When I Hear the Children Pray”

I’ll never forget the prayer one of my grandchildren prayed for me regarding a worrisome health issue I was facing. The tenderness and sincerity in their little voice was so moving that it brought me to tears. During the prayer I couldn’t help but wonder what might have been happening in heaven in that moment. The unforgettable experience gave me the idea for the song posted here.

(Please listen to the end…I think you’ll be glad if you “wait for it!”)  

When I Hear The Children Pray

 

I had a dream, it seemed so real

I was near the throne of God

All around the angels sang

Their hallelujah song

When all at once God stood and said

Let all be silent now

A little voice just called my name

I know that tender sound

 

When I hear the children pray

Oh how I feel every word they say

Let all of heaven know I won’t turn my ear away

When I hear the children pray

 

God closed His eyes and leaned toward earth

With his hand He cupped His ear

Then whispered she’s just four years old

And trusting that I’ll hear

She’s worried bout her Grandpa’s heart

Says he needs my healing touch

Let angels hurry to the side

Of this man she loves so much

 

When I hear the children pray

Oh how I feel every word they say

Let all of heaven know I won’t turn my ear away

When I hear my children pray

 

In my dream an angel took flight

And I felt a gentle wind

Then I woke up, I heard my grandchild say

“Thank You God, amen.”

 

S & A Chapman/ Don Hicks /Times & Seasons Music/2015

“These Things God Made”



These Things

God still owns the rainbow and the meaning in that span   (Gen 9:13)

He still owns the sacred vows between a woman and a man (Eph 5:22-33)

He still owns the miracle in the making of a life   (Ps 139 / Gen 1:27 / Job 31:15)

And He still owns the last word on what’s wrong and what is right   (Proverbs 16:2)

Cho…

These things God made

They belong to Him…amen!

These things you can’t take away, cause

They belong to him…amen!   (Ps 24:1)

 

God still owns the heavens and the message in the stars   (Gen 1:14)

He still owns the unseen reigns that can turn a leader’s heart   (Prov 21:1)

He still owns all the wealth in the silver and the gold (Haggai 2:8)

He still owns the power can’t be bought, can’t be sold (Acts 8:18-20/Matt 6:13)

 

Cho…

 

Oh…Oh…Amen!

Oh…Oh…Amen!

 

God still owns the music and the Spirit in the song (Ps 40:3)

He still owns the blueprint for the building of a home   (Matt. 19/ Mal 2:15)

He still owns the wine and bread and the story they can tell (Luke 22:19-20)

He still owns the only hope you’ll never feel the fires of hell   (Acts 4:12)

 

Cho…

 

Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/2017

 

 

Country Boy Testimony

Have you ever heard a good ol’ country boy give his testimony? If not…here ya go!!!

PS. Annie takes no blame for this song.

I’ve Never Felt So Close

“I’ve Never Felt So Close” was inspired by the story of a friend’s real life encounter with the comforting words of Psalm 73:28… 

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”

I have no idea who might be encouraged by this song…I only know that I’m supposed to offer it…not just to tell the story of the one who lived it but for the one who someday will. 

“I’ve Never Felt So Close”

I won’t forget when I got the news

They said they did everything they could do

I’ve never been so alone and so afraid

A flood of fear had come to wash my hopes away

 

But in that room where my world turned so dark

He came to me and whispered to my heart

“I’m here with you, I heard your cry”

And in that moment I realized

 

I’ve never felt so close to the Lord

I’ve never known His presence like this before

In my time of greatest need

Like a friend He stood by me

I’ve never felt so close to the Lord

 

There was a peace I can’t explain

I even heard Him say my name

And with Him so near I knew it very well

The storm had passed before the last raindrop fell

 

Cho…

 

Steve Chapman/Times & Season Music/2017

Jeff Pearles/Jeffed Music

When I Hear That Train

An idea for Moms (and Dads, too!)

Annie and I went to see my Mom, Lillian, and my sister, Jeannie. During our visit we reminisced about the fact that Mom used the sound of the train that went through the town where our family lived as her cue to pray for her kids. Thankfully, it roared by twice a day!

If you’re a Mom and if you live close enough to some railroad tracks to hear the sound of a passing train, perhaps the song posted here will inspire you to adopt my Mother’s idea to use it as your reminder to pray for your family. Or, maybe there’s another daily sound in your area that you could use. If you do, you can be sure that your loved ones will deeply appreciate the prayers as we do those of our Mother.

“Concrete Scars”

The video posted here is a “musical moving selfie” filmed along the new Highway 35 being constructed in Mason County, WV. The reason I’m at that specific place is because its within eyesight of the farmland where Annie grew up (and our family so greatly enjoyed visiting for many years). During the second chorus of the song the camera pans right, away from the 4-lane to the land being cleared for completion of the final 14 mile section. The Williamson Farm lies just over the hill beyond the first visible break in the timber. Obviously, the cut through the old home place is deep.

Please know that I’m not protesting road building by any means. I’m a fan of progress, especially when it benefits the masses. Plus, there are around 300 workers who have jobs because of the construction. Instead, I simply hope to remind travelers that while its true your tax dollars helped create the paved convenience and the lovely scenery you enjoy, there are yet others who paid even more than their hard earned money for it.

Thanks for listening, watching and sharing.

My Dream Hunt in Alaska – New book by Steve!

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New Book by Steve now available!

Music video featuring the bear and guide, Dale Adams (Adams Alaskan Safaris)
 

 

Go with Steve on his journey to Alaska to hunt the mighty brown bear. The story begins with where and when the dream to go was born and continues to how the unexpected opportunity came to make the trip and then on to “the Last Frontier” where he encounters a huge brown bear. Packed full of pictures that highlight many of the unforgettable details of his adventure, you’ll feel like you’re right there with Steve on this hunt of a lifetime.  Click here to go to the book section.mo-more-of-the-same-copyak-brown-copybear-wearin-copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

(“Big Brown Bear”: Written with Lindsey Williams and Lori Adams during the hunt and features the bear and the guide, Dale Adams.)